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Rep. William Aloysius Barrett

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st District

Barrett was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1949 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1945 to 1946.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Barrett is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Barrett sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Barrett was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Barrett sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Housing and Community Development (36%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Energy (12%) Labor and Employment (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Social Welfare (7%) Taxation (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Barrett recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1945 to Apr 1976, Barrett missed 841 of 5,620 roll call votes, which is 15.0%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Apr 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: